The Gregarious Railfan
Roanoke, VA 24016  (population 98,465 [2013])

GPS: N 37.27256, W 79.94236   Google map   

Scanner:  NS: 161.190 [72], 161.250 [76], & 160.440 [22]  

Railroads:  Norfolk Southern Virginia Division, NW Sub;  NS, Eastern Division Roanoke Terminal Sub

Description: The Goode Railwalk extends from Market Street to Warehouse Row, N 37.27320, W 79.94139;  
allowing pedestrians to walk along a fence paralleling the train tracks and view historic memorabilia along the way.
There's a platform, signals, whistles, plaques and storyboards with information about the events that formed the rail
history of Roanoke. There's a radio scanner at one point that allows listeners to hear the rail chatter. The Railwalk
was named after David R. Goode, who was president, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp. until 2006 when he
retired. The 1/3-mile sidewalk follows along the active Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk & Western) mainline.  Park
benches and a parking lot provide rest between trains.  The Railwalk connects to Hotel Roanoke and the Virginia
Museum of Transportation, an excellent railroad museum with lots of locomotives and train cars displayed, mostly
outdoors!  The museum is located next to the NS mainline and is at the east end of Roanoke Yard.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 40+

Nearby RR stuff:  The Virginia Museum of Transportation on Norfolk Ave N 37.27274, W 79.94586;  
The O. Winston Link Museum N 37.27390, W 79.9383 (RR Photography)

Other interesting or fun stuff: Downtown Roanoke 1 block south from the east end of the Railwalk.

Photo opportunities: Best photography from the 1st Street Pedestrian Bridge. N 37.27256, W 79.94236

Gregariousness quotient: Low to Medium

Local Food: Historic Roanoke City Market, N 37.27247, W 79.93906 located a block south of the Railwalk offers
several restaurants

Local Pub and grub: Flanary’s Pub, 303 S. Jefferson, N 37.27099, W 79.94059

Best choice for lodging: Hotel Roanoke $$$, some rooms with view of the tracks. N 37.27390, W 79.93831
110 Shenandoah Ave NW
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from friends, the Internet and TRAINS Magazine.  I would welcome
pictures, additions, or corrections to this page. Pictures and new info will be credited on the page. e-mail me at
kd8fcw.railfan@yahoo.com
“In theory there is no difference between theory
and practice. In practice there is.” - Yogi Berra
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
December 2014
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